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CHAPTER XIII.

of its wide domain, that he has never before had When Twilight comes, as herald of the night,

With welcome promises of sweet repose, his attention specially directed to them. Teach

This—this the hour to muse in sad delight; ing mathematics may be compared—the greater

The hour when thought in tranquil current flows. to the less—to pointing out the position of places on a map. Every thing is defined by lines, and And is it thus-the Twilight of " Old Age," when you have found the intersection of the me- (That pause between the day and night of life,) ridian of longitude and the parallel of latitude of

Do calmer, holier thoughts the mind engage,

To shut from view the world's incessant strife! a particular place, you have ascertaiued its position with absolute certainty. To instruct in the

Alas! when man's refulgent morn has low, other subjects above mentioned, is more like ex- And darkening shadows steal along his skyplaining a historical picture. Here are figures, The tranquil Twilight his, and his alone colors, shade, perspective, proportion and so on,

Whose early hours have passed untainted by.

AMAND. and all is to be understood; but moreover, and

Petersburg, Nor. 7th, '49. chiefly, the whole is surrounded by a wide sea of historical fact and allusion, and you feel that you may perhaps, by a bold questioner, be pushed off somewhere beyond your depth. An additional demand upon the Rhetorical Professor, is occasioned by the expectation that he shall in some

THE SELDENS OF SHERWOOD. degree exemplify his precepts by his practice, and be prepared with a critical opinion as to the merits of the current as well as the standard literature of the language. To meet these demands fully, would require a union of high

But chiefly Thou, talents and rare erudition, only to be found

Whom soft-eyed Pity once led down from Hear'a

To bleed for man, to teach him how to lise among the most eloquent speakers and most bril

And oh! still harder lesson! how to die ; liant writers of the day. To discharge the du

Disdain not Thou to smooth the restless bed ties of the chair with any good degree of suc- Of sickness and of pain.-Bp. Porteous. cess, imposes upon those not more highly gifted than ordinary, an amount of labor not required of • The clouds threaten a tempest," said Mrs. those who give instruction in departments usu- Mason, approaching Charles, who was standing ally considered much more important.

at a window ; “had you not better defer your S. L. C. ride for an hour or two longer ?"

“The message was so urgent, that I think there is no time for delay; the man who expresses such an anxiety to see me has, I fear, not more

than a few hours to live, but there is no cause THE EVENING TWILIGHT.

for uneasiness ; Bayard is as gentle as he is spir

ited, and I shall be at Dermot's house, in all probThere is a sadness in the twilight hour,

ability, before the storm comes up. Good evenWhen busy life is lulled into repose,

ing," added Charles, turning with a bright and When Twilight holds us by its gentle pow'r, And o'er the heart a softened shadow throws.

encouraging smile towards Mrs. Mason, who was

still watching the clouds with an expression of The sunlight from our hearts as slowly fades

great anxiety ou her countenance. “Will you As the last streaks along the western sky,

be so good as to keep my promise to Frank, of And evening's silent, melancholy shades

reading to him in Anson's Voyages this evening? Blend with our thoughts to charm and purify.

You will find the book on the table in my study." Morn is all bustle in the City's mart

Mrs. Mason nodded her head in token of asAnd though we stroll along the dewy hills,

sent, but maintained her station as watcher of To share the solemn silence they impart,

the clouds. Dark masses were rolling heavily And rob the breast of all its rising ills :

together, and there was a lurid look about the Yet will the wild bird's merry matin song,

edges of some of these black "sailors of the air," The yeoman's laugh, the ploughboy's simple strain,

as the greatest of German poets bas termed them, And every sound the zephyrs bear along,

which foreboded an awful storm. Low, growling Bring back the world's obtrusive thoughts again. thunder was now heard, and the close and op

pressive atmosphere betokened the war that was But when the weary work of day is o'er, And every warbler's mellow throat is still ;

brooding in the elements. Mrs. Mason stood When yeoman's laugh and ploughboy's song no more,

pale and silent, with a look of anxiety, which In mingled cadence, echo from the hill :

awakened the apprehension of the boys, who drew close to her side, aud inquired eagerly is still hope of life even in this world, Dermot: whether she thought cousin Charles could reach your pulse is good, your hand is warm, and this Dermot's house before the storm came up. death-like languor and depression is a part of

Her fears were not unfounded; the storm set your disease. You may recover, Dermot; but in with terrific violence, when Charles was still now, while you are brought to the very valley two or three miles from Dermot's habitation, and and shadow of death, do you not feel that you there was no place of refuge. Trees bent before want a rod and staff to comfort you? Do you the violence of the wind, and the crashing of not feel, that after the few, fleeting years of life limbs was heard amidst awful and almost con- are past, which are the most to which any of us tinued peals of thunder, which seemed accom- can look forward, how delightful would be the panied, rather than followed, by the most vivid hope that our good Shepherd would lead us lightning. An oak tree was shivered at a few through the green pastures and by the still wayards distance from Charles' path, and Bayard, ters of our heavenly bome ?" for the first time becoming frightened, it was with “Ah, Mr. Selden,” said Dermot, with an aldifficulty Charles controlled bim until they ar- most despairing look of supplication, “if you rived at their place of destination.

could give me any true hope of peace hereafter, The fury of the storm had, by this time, in I would give ten thousand worlds. It is a dreadsome measure subsided. Judy met Charles Sel- ful thing to see death as I do now, hovering round den at the door with many thanks for his safety, me to take me away from this world, with all my for she said she knew he would come after get- sins upon my head, to stand before the judgment ting Dermot’s message, and she had been " the seat. And if we are to be judged by our works, miserablest cretur in the world; but thank God," where, oh where, my dear Mr. Selden, shall I she added, in a lower tone,“ you have got here appear ?before the breath was out of his body, for I don't With the utmost gentleness, in the simplest, think he'll ever see the sun rise, and he has been clearest, and yet most pathetic language, Charles asking mighty often whether I thought you would explained to the almost dying man, the great docget here before he died. But take off your over-trine of the Atonement; and as he listened, the coat, sir, it is dripping wet.”

expression of his countenance softened, and tears As Charles turned to hang the overcoat against from his heart, flowed gently down his cheeks, the wall, he perceived to his utter amazement as he hung upon Charles' words as if fearful to a female form sitting near the hearth, with a lose a syllable he uttered. shawl drawn closely around her, which he re- Charles was careful not to confuse or oppress cognized at once to be that of Edith Fitzgerald. the mind of Dermot by saying too much; he enShe arose with that simple dignity and self-pos- deavored to present this great doctrine of the session which always characterized her slightest Gospel in its most forcible and consoling light, he actions, and held out her hand to Charles, but repeated a few of the most striking texts of Scripnot at all with the air of an embarrassed heroine, ture, and then kneeling by the bedside, offered up surprised in a cottage in some graceful act of be- a prayer for the sufferer, from the very depths of nevolence, and receiving the admiring homage of his heart, and the tears of his hearers flowed fast, beholder, for no expression was visible on her as they joined their supplications with his. Death face which showed the most transient thought of was before them, with them; bere lay a fellowherself. There were traces of tears perceptible, mortal, perhaps even now passing away through and an expression of blended awe and sympathy the deep waters, and with thankfulness and awe appeared in her countenance as her glance turned they looked to that Redeemer, whom Charles frankly and fully upon Charles.

pointed out as alone able to bear him through the After returning her greeting, Charles gently flood so that it should not overwhelm him. approached the sick man and kindly took the Edith had often before stood by the bed of offered hand which the poor fellow stretched lan- sickness and death, but the awful reality of eterguidly forward, while something like a gleam of nal things had never before been so deeply impleasure passed over his face.

pressed upon her heart, and when the prayer was “I thank you, Mr. Selden," he said, in a faint concluded, she sat pale and motionless as a stavoice, "for coming out this dreadful evening, to tue with thoughts too deep for words. see such a poor creature as I am, but I'm afraid The clouds were now rolling away, and Charles it is all of no use, I am going very fast." opened the door to adınit the reviving influence

As he pronounced these words with difficulty, of the fresh air. He then took a kind leave of he fixed a wild and earnest glance of terror and Dermot, after a few words of encouragement and inquiry upon Charles, which touched him deeply. sympathy, and a promise to visit bim the ensuHe made no immediate reply, but after feeling ing day. After urging on Judy the necessity of Dermot's pulse for some minutes, said, “ There l keeping Dermot as quiet as possible, he told her

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in a lone tone that he entertained some hopes of “ The near way through the woods is a short his recovery ; but in order that this should take walk from Travers Lodge, and as my way home place, it would be absolutely necessary that she lies directly by some of the negro cabins, I should observe the directions given her by the should not be able to get up a fear, even if I doctor. He added that he should go by Dr. Wil- so disposed, and as you intend going by for Dr. son's house on his return home, as he thought it Wilson, it is best not to delay you, Mr. Selden." very important that he should see Dermot in his This was so reasonable that Charles offered present state. Judy felt new hope and strength no remonstrance ;-Edith thought he looked and promised implicit obedience.

rather pleased at finding there was no necessity As Judy was engaged in changing Dermot's for his services, and they parted with a mutual pillows, and giving him some medicine, Charles increase of esteem. approached Edith, and said in a low tone, “You Edith's mind was deeply affected by the scene are perhaps not aware, Miss Fitzgerald, that Dr. through which she had just passed. Many Wilson considers Dermot's illness as a typhus thoughts had been presented to her with a force fever of an infectious character."

and connection with which she bad never before · No, I was not aware of this circumstance, cousidered them. The great doctrines of the or I should, perhaps, not have considered myself

sinfulness of man—the fullness of redemption as justifiable in coming here, as I might commu

offered by an atoning Saviour-she had never nicate the infection to others were I to take the fully received, or deeply considered. Slowly fever.”

she pursued her way homewards, deeply wrap

ped in thoughts solemn, elevating and consoling. “ You have then no personal fears ?"

The ravages of the storm were every wbere “None: more I believe from a sort of natural visible in her path : immense boughs torn from imprudent hardihood, which has protected me in their trunks were scattered on the ground; bere most cases from all sorts of personal fear, than too was a tree scathed by lightviug, but before from the only sort of courage that deserves the her the bow of promise threw its ethereal and name—moral courage. But it seems a pitiful magnificent arch across the heavens. Striking sort of selfishness to abandon our fellow-crea- types! thought Edith; from earthly tears does tures in extremity from personal considerations." the bright arch arise on which we must ascend to

“Yes, I certainly would not advise any one to Heaven. There must be a deep meaning is hado so, if any human creature depended upon them

man suffering—a strong necessity for its existsolely for succor. But this is not the case here; others must expose themselves from considera- of nature, in the events of life, of the love of

With such strong evidences in the works tions of sacred and professional duty, and from God, of his tender care over bis creatures, it motives of natural duty and affection. Dr. Wil- would be impossible to believe that he could sou is a very attentive physician, Judy has a sis- wantonly afflict the children of men. How deep ter who will assist her in nursing her husband, and fatal must be the malady from which such and I pledge my word that he shall not suffer for direful consequences spring! aid or attendance, so that farther exposure of

Edith thought of what Charles had said of yourself would be unnecessary. Had you not the necessity of an atonement, of the fullness of better go at once into the open air ? The storm redemption wrought out for us by a Divine meis now past."

diator, and though not prepared to embrace Edith bowed her head in token of acquies- these doctrines in their full extent, light and joy

She did not seel personally indebted to sprung up within her soul as she reflected upon him for his consideration, for she felt that his them. The deep earnestness with which Charles whole tone and manner would have been quite had spoken, left the almost irresistible conviction as appropriately addressed to her Aunt Travers on the mind of his bearers that he knew he was as to herself. It was not to Edith Fitzgerald, speaking the truth, and Edith ceased to wonder but to a fellow-creature he spoke, and while a that with such feelings and convictions he should sense of this prevented any thing like embarrass- have become a Minister of the Gospel. His sament or gratitude on her part, it raised him in her cred profession acquired in her eyes a new dişestimation. The simple and earnest dignity of nity and importance, since the grandeur and reCharles Selden's manner, the singleness of his ality of eternal things had been placed before purposes always so apparent, excited at once her her in a brighter, nearer point of view, and she respect and admiration.

thought how much more reasonable it would be After taking leave of Judy and Dermot, Edith that he should wonder at the supreme importanee left the house, and turning to Charles Selden, which the children of the world attach to the who was standing near her

, said in reply to his fleeting and deceitful pleasures of earth, than offer of walking home with her:

they, that he should choose for his portion

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CHAPTER XIV.

the unspeakable and imperishable blessings of| Anna Maria, apparently uninterested in their Heaven.

proceedings, was busily engaged in covering a muslin apron with a profusion of leaves and flowers, such as had not their likeness in the heavens above, nor in the earth beneath. Mr. Travers'

voice was heard in the passage, and immediateFair Isabella is so fond of fame,

ly afterwards he threw open the door saying, That her dear self is her perpetual theme, “Walk into this room, Mr. Selden." Through hopes of contradiction oft she'll say,

Anna Maria started, changed color, and quick“Methinks I look so wretchedly to-day!"-Young.

ly put aside her work; whilst Edith, almost as It was some evenings after the scene related quickly, deposited the little frock she was main the preceding chapter, that the ladies at Tra- king in a large basket beside Mrs. Travers. Juvers Lodge assembled in the parlor to hold a liana observed both these movements with some consultation on the important subject of needle- amusement, and continued her own employment work. A poor woman in the neighborhood had with a smile and a look which said plainly, “You recently had the misfortune of losing her cabin see Mr. Selden's presence makes no difference and nearly all the clothes her children and her- with me." self possessed, by fire. Affairs of charity were Charles advanced, quite unconscious of the never then transacted by means of societies, but commotion which his presence had excited, and the individual exertions of such charitable per- baving exchanged friendly greetings with the litsons, as always exist in every community, for the tle circle, took a seat near Mrs. Travers. relief of sufferers within their own sphere of ac

"You find us in the midst of a workshop," said tion, were probably much greater than in the Mrs. Travers, addressing herself to Charles; "the present day. The increased intelligence, sys- girls are so intent on making up these clothes tem and division of labor, which are found now for poor Mrs. Dawson's children, that they have in plans for the relief of the poor, have certainly set me as hard at work as themselves.” greatly improved the machinery of benevolence; Whilst Mrs. Travers was speaking, Anna Mabut as in the management of all human affairs, ria contrived dexterously to possess herself of a what is gained in one way, there is danger of piece of work from the huge repository at her losing in some other,-individual sympathy for mother's side, and began hemm ng as industrisuffering is often lost in the business-like admin- ously as if her life had depended upon finishing istration of general charities.

the garment as expeditiously as possible, while The case of this poor woman had excited gen- Juliana's very neck was scarlet with the violence eral compassion, and no one had been more anx-of the effort she was making to repress a hearty ious for her relief, or more ready to give assist- laugh at this manæuvre of her sister. ance to her necessities, than Edith Fitzgerald. Her case really deserves compassion,” said Anna Maria bad talked a great deal, but done Charles; "she has not only lost all her little

property by the fire, but has also the additional A large bundle of goods of various sorts suita- misfortune of a very sick child—so sick, indeed, ble for cheap clothing, chiefly purchased by Edith. I should suppose from its appearance, that there lay on a table in the sitting-room, and Mrs. Tra- is but small hope of its recovery." vers had undertaken the task of cutting out com

"So Edith told me; she went yesterday to see plete sets of garments suitable to the ages of the Mrs. Dawson, and quite moved my heart by her different children. Edith and Juliana were very account of the poor woman's distress. But busily engaged in making them up. Juliana was Edith, have you finished the frock you were fond of all new projects, and was moreover not making, or are you waiting for me to give you deficient in kindness of heart; she was very skil- any instruction ?” ful and quick in the use of her needle, and readi

Edith was conscious that a feeling of fals ly undertook to instruct Edith in all the myste- pride had made her throw her work aside at ries of baby-linen, &c., &c. Edith was well ac-Charles' entrance, lest she should seem to be quainted with the use of the peucil, and with seeking bis approbation; and as she perceived many sorts of fancy work, but the various kinds Juliana regarding her with a provoking smile at of useful and homely needlework, which are of this question of her aunt's, a bright crimson flush such indispensable necessity in a family, she was passed over her cheek, as she replied in a tone of entirely unacquainted with, and was now apply- indifference, ing her best efforts to profit by Juliana's instruc- “Only a sudden fit of laziness has seized mo, tions, which were not imparted without much a thing which very often happens." giggling and many jokes at her cousin's igno

“Well, it is best not to begin too violently at first, I thought you would tire yourself out with

very little.

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buch constant workings," said Mrs. Travers mild- good of the patient," be added, addressing himly, who never perceived any motive for conduct self to Anna Maria. but the one alleged.

“But what a risk you incur, Mr. Selden, in “A sudden fit of industry seems to bave seized exposing yourself to the typhus fever," said Anda Anna Maria, which will make amends for Edith's Maria in a sympathizing tone, “ Dr. Wilson told laziness,” said Juliana, who had now become us yesterday Dermot was suffering under this familiar to Charles Selden's visits, and since she disease." found he could talk and behave like other peo

Doctors and ministers are, of course, obliged ple, as she expressed it, had lost in a great mea- to visit the sick,” replied Charles with a tone and sure her awe of him.

manner that showed he thought his case called Anna Maria affected not to hear this remark, for no particular sympathy, “but, Miss Travers, and Edith hastened to endeavor to give another I think you are mistaken in supposing that peoturn to the conversation by addressing some in-ple in the lower ranks of life are generally desquiries to Charles, respecting Mrs. Mason and titute of, or even deficient in, feeling. They have the boys.

not, it is true, much of what is called sensibility, Mr. Travers seeing Charles engaged in con

this can scarcely exist in those who lead a life of versation with the ladies, drew a newspaper

poverty and hardship, and bave been exposed to from his pocket which he had just brought with constant association with persons whose manhim from the neighboring post-office, and began refinement; it is a merciful arrangement of Prov

ners and language must necessarily be void of to peruse it diligently and apparently with ab-idence, that they should thus be enabled to eosorbing interest.

counter without pain a thousand things to which Anna Maria stole a glance from her work to their situation in life exposes them. But I bave see whether Charles seemed to be regarding her

seen the most touching instances amongst them, with approbation, but as he gave no token of ob- of strong natural feeling, of disinterested affeeserving her industry she determioed to make a tion, of humble trust in God." bolder effort to attract his attention, and turning Anna Maria smiled acquiescence, for her obtowards him said in a sentimental tone:

ject was not to argue with Charles, but only to “I was rejoiced this morning to hear Dermot appear to him in an interesting point of view, was getting better; his wife tells me she has and replied: “I cannot presume to contradict never seen such a change, and she seems to as- your assertions, Mr. Selden, you are so mueb cribe his recovery to you. She says you are a better acquainted with the character of the poor blessing to the

than I can pretend to be." Charles, without accepting or disclaiming this “Oh I cannot set up for a Pope," said Cbarles compliment, remarked with quiet simplicity, "a laughing, "you must examine and consider my crisis has taken place in the fever, and the change assertions before you assent to them." has certainly been favorable. Dr. Wilson enter- • My opportunities are so limited of acquiring tains now the most sanguine hopes of his recov- this kind of experience, to say nothing of the inery, and says if he could only rely on Judy's feriority of my judgment, that I think my safest discretion, he should consider his restoration as course would be to take your assertions on this certain."

subject for granted.” “People in her rank of life are so destitute “I think Edith ought to be able to form an of sensibility and intelligence, that it is in vain opinion of the character of the poor around us to hope for any thing like reasonable conduct at least," said Juliana, " for there is nothing she from them, even if their own lives depended on delights in so much as to visit every smoky cabin their acting rationally,” said Anna Maria. and talk to every miserable, ragged-looking

“Indeed, I believe," said Edith, “ that Judy wretch within her reach." would exert herself to preserve Dermot's life, You know I like to study buman nature,” even more than her own, but she is ignorant and said Edith coloring, “so that I am curious to superstitious, and of course could not be trusted know how people in every rank of life feel and as a nurse without some superintendence." think. Then the strange and often striking modes

“Dr. Wilson and I have undertaken the task of expression used by those in the lower ranks of of superintendence,” said Charles looking to- life amuse and interest me." wards Edith with a smile, which she understood “Really, Edith,” said Mrs. Travers, looking as meant to remind her of the promise he had up from her work at her niece with some surmade a few evenings before, and you must not prise, “I should never have supposed if you had do Judy the injustice of supposing her destitute not told me so yourself, that you had so much of feeling, she will carefully obey orders if we curiosity; I always ascribed the interest you can only persuade her they are really for the showed in the poor to a charitable motive.”

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